Sixth Pole in a Row for Nico Rosberg in Abu Dhabi
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News November 28, 2015
Nico Rosberg takes his sixth Pole in a row and 22nd of his career. Photo: Mercedes AMG Petronas
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg grabs his sixth pole pole in a row for the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Rosberg's pole position was secured with a lap 0.377s faster than teammate Lewis Hamilton.
“Strategy is always important. I think we’ve done our homework really well here, practicing well on Friday for the race, so we pretty much know exactly what to expect and the soft tyre will definitely be the better race tire, so that’s why we saved one of those for the race,” said Rosberg.
The Jedi Knight Hamilton, appeared to run wide, which may have handed the advantage to his team-mate. The front-row could make for an action packed race as Rosberg is expected to be down on power due to running a higher mileage engine.
“It’s been good. It doesn’t really matter what that number is at the end of the day, what matters is the wins and obviously the championship, but you know, I’m happy because it has obviously been more in my favour. I’ve enjoyed it and in the last six Nico has done a great job. Areas to improve with the car, for me, on my side, but I’m sure we’ll get there,” said Hamilton.
Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will take third after his team-mate Sebastian Vettel was knocked out of Q1. He managed to bump Force India’s Sergio Perez out of the top three on his final attempt after Perez set an impressive lap to secure his second fourth-place grid position of the year. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo will take fifth place ahead of Valtteri Bottas in the Williams. Nico “The Hulk” Hulkenberg was seventh ahead of Daniil Kvyat's Red Bull and Carlo Sainz.
Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen just missed the top ten after setting a time 0.039s off Toro Rosso team-mate Sainz in Q2. Jenson Button took his McLaren Honda to 12th ahead of Pastor Maldonado and Felipe Nasr. Haas F1 bound Romain Grosjean will start 15th in his last qualifying session as a Lotus driver after a car problem meant he failed to set a time in Q2.
Sebastian Vettel’s lost in Q1 happened after first attempting to qualify into Q2 on soft tires and then backing out of a super-soft tire lap. The error means he will start from 16th, ahead of Fernando Alonso who suffered a puncture on his fast lap and qualified 17th. Sauber’s Marcus Ericsson had a car issue, leaving him 18th ahead of the two Manor drivers Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.